Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative
designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and
expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class,
sexuality, religion, and the environment.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of
the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to
the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features
his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen
adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring,
the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological
innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses
on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his
collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their
echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.
Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning
book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by
Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton,
creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating
quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new
photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a
lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding
creativity and originality of a designer who relentlessly
questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion.